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  • Andrea_Jimenez's picture

    Project Loon is a network of balloons created by Google, which float higher than airplanes  and are carried around the Earth by winds. These balloons are designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, through a special Internet antenna (a “red pin”) attached to buildings and houses.  The...

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  • jo.cadilhon's picture

    I have been visiting Lawra and Wa Districts in the Upper West Region of Ghana last week as part of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food’s Volta2 project. The main purpose of my trip was to have a feel for the local conditions encountered by an ILRI Research Fellow undertaking fieldwork...

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    “Despite the rapid growth in mobile telephony in low and middle-income countries in recent years,  women are 21% less likely than men to own a mobile phone. This has given rise to a mobile phone ‘gender gap’, where there are 300 million fewer female mobile subscribers than male subscribers in low-...

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  • Kyla Yeoman's picture

    A unique “bundled” mobile service is changing the way smallholder farmers conduct business. A new Mercy Corps program, dubbed “Agri-Fin Mobile” ("agriculture" plus "financial" services), is helping rural farmers in Indonesia, Uganda and Zimbabwe increase their crop yields, boost their food security...

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  • skrogt's picture

    Despite participatory design of programs, we still make the wrong assumptions about what farmers want. Even after supporting over 50 projects and programs related to ICT and agriculture, I have to be careful not to take a short cut and assume. In this blog I will share some of my experiences with...

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    This is an interview originally published on Tuesday, 23 of April 2013 on AIMS:   Johannes Keizer, Information Systems Officer at FAO of the United Nations, will actively participate in the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture which will take place in Washington, D.C., from...

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    When was the last time you met a truly empowered woman? Well, earlier in the week, I was lucky enough to meet Valiben Macwana, one of the 1.7 million empowered self-employed women's association (SEWA) members. SEWA, based in Ahmedabad, India, is an organization of self-employed women workers who...

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  • joshwoodard's picture

    Greenhouse gases from agriculture account for over ten percent of total emissions globally, roughly equivalent to the entire global transport sector. Meanwhile, it is estimated that agricultural production will need to increase by about 70% by 2050 to keep pace with global population growth. What’s...

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  • dineshpanday's picture

    With the rise of the social media in recent years, we spend considerable time in social networking, blogging and micro-blogging sites to share, interact, learn and explore things that mean most to us. These virtual platforms now parallel the social sense of our lives. Yet somehow these sites lack...

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  • Michael Riggs's picture

    There is a very interesting article “Cellphone microscopes: a how-to guide” on SciDev.Net. For about USD50, a mobile phone can be adapted to serve as a microscope and aid in the detection and diagnosis of diseases in remote areas for relatively low cost. The SciDev.Net article is focused on human...

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